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Nutrition.it is important to eat a balanced diet, both in terms of keeping fit or improving your sporting performance. It is essential that you eat the right nutrients that your body requires, even if your level of sporting performance is very casual.

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Nutrition Assignment Jo Gilbrook Task 2 A balanced diet is: "The combination and proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, roughage, water and essential minerals and vitamins which best provides for a sportspersons nutritional requirements." (Davis, Bull and Roscoe, 2000) Evidence is steadily mounting that what we eat plays a major role in our long-term health. Heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes may be avoidable if we eat properly. If we over-eat and don't follow a nutritious, well-balanced diet, we may be encouraging these and other serious illnesses to shorten our lives. We may also become over-weight, which causes lots of health risks. We manage weight for many different reasons; cosmetic, aesthetic, self esteem and to improve our sports performance. There are many different methods to manage weight. One of these methods is diet. There are lots of different diets that will help you manage weight, e.g. ...read more.

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The Beverly Hills diet suggests that the right combination of fresh fruits provides enzymes that unlock ugly fat from your body - eat nothing but fruit for 6 weeks, including expensive tropical fruit. Enzyme theory is scientifically unfounded. Any weight lost initially is water from diarrhoea and urination caused by excessive fruit. Muscle, not fat, is broken down to provide energy in this diet, which is deficient in calcium, iron, protein and fat. Another method of weight management is exercise. We need to do regular exercise to balance out the amount of food that we eat. Exercise assists weight reduction by burning up stored carbohydrates and fats. It also acts as an appetite suppressant for several hours after training. We sometimes need to modify our diets to cope with the demands we put our body through when playing sport. We may change our diet prior to competition by avoiding certain foods such as fats and meat. ...read more.

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A marathon runner can lose 5 to 7 pounds of body weight during a race. For every 1% loss, it is suggested that core body temperature will rise. Therefore we need to replace water. Being thirsty is a sign of dehydration. This should be avoided by hydrating before, during and after the event. In conclusion, it is important to eat a balanced diet, both in terms of keeping fit or improving your sporting performance. It is essential that you eat the right nutrients that your body requires, even if your level of sporting performance is very casual. As well as having a balanced diet, you should also ensure that your output (e.g. exercise) is equal to what you are eating. None of these diets, such as the Atkins diet or the Pritikin diet will be beneficial to you as a sportsperson. All you need is a good balanced diet, with plenty of exercise. "A balanced and healthy diet lays the foundations for lifelong health." (Dr. Margaret Lawson, 2003) ...read more.

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